Posted By Industry Perspectives On July 27, 2012 @ 8:30 am In Industry Perspectives | No Comments
Bill Kleyman is a virtualization and cloud solutions architect at MTM Technologies where he works extensively with data center, cloud, networking, and storage design projects. You can find him on LinkedIn .
In ‘Part 1 ’ of this conversation, we examined traits and personality demands being placed on the current IT workforce. Knowing how to communicate effectively and “think outside of the data center” are both important as we move into a world of cloud computing and data center distribution. Beyond personality shifts, hiring managers and organizations are looking for engineers and administrators to become jacks-of-all-trades. This doesn’t mean being an absolute expert at all of the technologies out there. However, new demands are showing that executives are looking for engineers who have a solid understanding of multiple platforms within a given environment. As more groups communicate together, we are seeing an increase in mixed team meetings where, for example, facilities folks are sitting in for LAN discussions. Or, SAN engineers are sitting in meetings with the WAN team.
The emergence of virtualization, cloud computing and a distributed infrastructure has created a new breed of engineers capable of discussing various technologies – even those outside of their immediate field of expertise.
By understanding environmental requirements, engineers are able to answer security questions. IT professionals should have a good understanding around security best-practices and how to best deploy those practices within their organization.
The reality here is that this list can go on for several more pages. When working within an organization, it’s always important to know how new technologies are being deployed and how they can affect your area. For example, a new virtualization platform can have implications for a facilities team in terms of rack-space, cooling and even power demands. More hiring managers are looking for individuals who are familiar with a wider array of technologies and who have an understanding of how these technologies can affect the business process.
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